Francesca Perucci is Assistant Director at the United Nations Statistic Division (UNSD). In this video, she reflects on the importance of CRVS systems in the context of the SDGs.
The SDGs include a goal specifically on women empowerment and gender equality. There are a number of indicators that should be used to capture the progress made in the implementation of the Agenda 2030 with respect to women and girls. However, according to Ms. Perucci, some of these indicators still lack the data coverage needed in order to monitor progress achieved.
In Ms. Perucci’s opinion, there are some key steps that need to be taken to address this issue. For example, it is important to strengthen the overall national statistical systems, to fully mainstream gender in the development of data programs.
Additionally, Ms. Perucci underlines the need to work in partnership with the private sector and civil society to understand what data are relevant and important to women’s lives and to improve the current statistical programs to incorporate a gender perspective.
Partnership with the private sector and civil society can also be beneficial to develop new tools and take advantage of new technologies to capture all population groups, especially the most vulnerable (such as women with disabilities, women living in remote areas, or from particular ethnic groups) that are often invisible in the regular data collection programs.
Finally, Ms. Perucci concludes that a lot more needs to be done in terms of showing the impact of data on individual women’s lives and telling these stories of how data can bring about change in their lives.
This video was captured at the gender and CRVS meeting held at IDRC, in Ottawa on February 26, 2018.